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Gali Gali Chor Hai Review

Gali Gali Chor Hai
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Gali Gali Chor Hai, indeed. What else can describe the annoyance you feel watching this astoundingly bad Office Office rip-off masquerading as a gentle social satire on corruption?

A film too small and inept for its ambition, GGCH is a tiresome watch. It's not just sleepy, it's unabashedly B-grade, with the makers having had no idea their plans on paper were turning out this bad.

Akshaye Khanna plays the common man Bharat, who is generally minding his own business but is dragged into a police case by a local politico who is miffed by Bharat. Basically, the cops tell Bharat that they've found a table fan stolen from his house, and, that he must take it back.

Bharat hangs around the police station and the local court, getting fleeced for every little "procedure" - he even has to bribe a panwallah whose other job is to act as a "witness" for random cases in court.

Of course, the drama is sorted out, but the writers go overboard and stick a sharper knife through Bharat's soul, putting him through an absolutely unnecessary predicament - one that has far more serious implications than a stolen table fan.

Bharat is also made to deal with the unfortunate problem of his wife (Shriya Saran) being angry with him because she's jealous of their hot (and always inappropriately clothed) paying guest (Mugdha Godse). Also, there is a Ramlila track going on simultaneously, with Bharat playing the role of Hanuman.

Meanwhile, Satish Kaushik's brand of corny sentiment, in the guise of expertly-written dialogues, further enhances your B-movie experience. The man plays Bharat's father, and his contrived lines are instant groan-inducers.

While Pankaj Kapoor's Office Office makes you feel sorry for the protagonist even as it stays harmless and light-hearted, GGCH paints a pathetic picture of Bharat. While the people Bharat encounters are not menacing, the problems he faces are.

In addition, this is bad writing. There are sparks of competence - in a brief scene or two - but overall, this satire seems an amateur attempt at the real thing. The dialogues are quite sad as well.

What is more saddening is the fact that fairly decent actors are so out of work they're in this. Akshaye Khanna is surprisingly not as good as you'd expect him to be. Shriya Saran is stuck with a rather non-speaking part, which is just as well, because when her character does speak, it is the unnatural voice of a dubbing artiste you hear - voicing outdated "sulking-wife" clichés.

Annu Kapoor and Vijay Raaz are perhaps the only streaks of brilliance in what is an otherwise shoddy film. Mugdha Godse gets to wear hot pants and hug and kiss Akshaye Khanna, and Murli Sharma is in a joke of a role.

The entire movie has a mediocre look and feel. And the music is by an Anu Malik who's probably ruing the fact that he's being given credit for it. Veena Malik's item song is quite garish - both to hear and to watch. Nothing, really, is right with GGCH, and you must definitely skip it.
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  • Cast
    Akshaye Khanna, Shriya Saran, Mugdha Godse, Satish Kaushik, Annu Kapoor, Vijay Raaz, Murli Sharma
  • Music
    Anu Malik
  • Director
    Rumi Jaffry
  • Theatres
    Not screening currently in any theatres in Hyderabad.
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